User Rating: Excellent
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Pros:easy setup; nice control panels; good wireless range; Mac&Win setup disk & utilities
Cons:wish Internet light would blink to show activity; lights glare; needs printed manual
The Bottom Line: don't know if linux driver is on disk, but no option on Driver Availability pulldown for "Windows & Mac" only
vMy Westell home gateway has been slowly dying, so AT&T sent me this modem/wireless gateway yesterday. Instructions were sparse, but the lion's share of the setup is done by the installation disk. It has drivers for both Mac OS X and various versions of Windows.
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Setting it up was a snap. I put the disk in my iMac, and it worked perfectly. The disk has voice setup instructions and graphical instructions. It worked well, but it wouldn't sync up with the DSL signal. I called tech support, and the tech refrained from laughing in my face when I discovered that I hadn't plugged in the phone cable correctly. She stayed with me until the setup process was complete.
To set up another computer, the disk suggests that you let the setup disk do the work rather than try to do it manually. The WEP security key is on the bottom of the unit, so it's easy to find. It's easy to change to other code-key methods after setup. I then set up my XP laptop in no time flat and with a minimum of fuss. It then asked if I wanted to install several Windows utilities, including AT&T's decent free security suite (antivirus, antispyware, and a decent firewall). I have used the AT&T suite for several years (when I was with BellSouth), and I'm quite happy with it. There are no Mac utilities provided.
It works quite well. It has all of the speed of my previous unit, and then some. The control panel is accessed through a browser, and is well organized. It has tons of options available for tweaking, but works nicely with basic settings.
Contrary to complaints I've seen on other sites, it has NAT and firewall presets for a couple of dozen common games and applications, plus the capacity to set up custom pass-throughs for applications.
It has au unusually powerful wireless transmitter that can be dialed back. After all, I don't want my neighbors using my internet.
The unit's lights are quite bright. When they're on, the ethernet light blinks whenever there's activity, but the DSL light only blinks when the connection is down, and the internet light doesn't blink for activity. The wireless light is only on when there's a computer with wireless in range, and it does blink to show activity.
With the included stand, I had originally set it up on its side on the top of my computer hutch, but the lights were distracting and irritating. I lay it flat now, and they're hidden except when I want to look at them.
I'm happy with the unit so far. It was a snap to set up, it has lots of tweaks available through the control panel, and it's decently fast and stable.
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